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Friendship & Exercise clubs

gentle but challenging exercise for isolated older people

14 March 2019
South West
Local Alliances:
South Gloucestershire Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

People with dementia and their carers, as all new members, are made welcome at the clubs.   The clubs reach out to isolated people and certainly people with dementia often feel isolated.  We often have enquiries from or on behalf of people with medical conditions and dementia is one of those conditions.  We always make it clear that carers or relatives are welcome to come, too.  At the same time we ask in a diplomatic way if the person is able to attend on their own.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

People with dementia and thier carers could be unaware of the quality of care at the clubs or the level of awareness of dementia that the leader and fellow participants may have.  Carers may seek advice about whether they should accompany the person with dementia or feel secure in leaving them at the club.

2. Actions

  • Be Inclusive

    People with dementia are welcome at our Friendship & Exercise clubs, all of which are managed by community groups.  We recommend that a carer or family member comes along the first time to make a decision about whether not the participant could attend without support.  Our leaders are all well trained, although we do emphasise that they are responsible for the safety of the whole group and can’t provide 1:1 support.